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You Like Me, You Really Like Me—Building Facebook Traffic
Mary-Carel Verden
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

Few things are more disappointing than this: You carefully consider, meticulously plan, and carefully set up your businesses Facebook page. Afte...

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Holly’s Right—Grandma’s Laminate is Long Gone
Pat Windmeier
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

My co-blogger Holly just penned a blog on laminate. If you have never read any of her stuff I would highly recommend it. I am going to try and push y...

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Why Google+? Don’t I Have Enough To Do Already?
Russ Lee
10/5/2014 7:15:58 PM

A friend of mine cleans carpets for a living. It’s an industry with a low barrier to entry and, hence, a very competitive environment. His is a small,...

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Epoxy vs. Polyester. Are You Using The Right Adhesive?
Fred Hueston
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

I was sitting in my office when I received a call from a hotel manager about a swimming pool coping that was falling apart. I asked him what w...

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Business Practices
Looking Beyond the Factory Door
Alan Severance
10/5/2014 7:31:40 PM

Make no mistake. Sustaining your Lean initiative give you lots to do. Without your constant reinforcement and vigilance, your people may attemp...

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Vortex Tool Partners with McGill Baja Racing Team

Vortex Tool Company recently donated tooling to the McGill Baja Racing Team of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The McGill Baja Racing Team is comprised of fifty students whose mission is to design, build and race a single seat, prototype off-road race car. Each year the team competes against more than 100 universities from around the world in several competitions across Canada and the United States sponsored by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Everything on the car is designed and built by engineering students.


Integra Adhesives Launches SmartPhone App

Integra Adhesives is now launching a unique Smartphone App for iOS and Android. The App is a great reference tool to select appropriate adhesive colors from Integra. First, it allows fabricators to pull Integra’s entire collection of color reference charts, whether on or off-line, for quick reference anytime, anywhere. It also shows images of over 200 natural stone colors, matched with Integra Natural stone collection. Finally, it brings up a visual guide to Integra’s 300 Surface Bonder Xi colors, allowing fabricators to not only clearly see what each color looks like, but also what are its closest similar colors.


Stiles Feature on National Television Show "TANKED" Airs November 21st

Stiles Machinery and Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center are gearing up to see some familiar faces on Animal Planet’s hit reality television show TANKED this week. Representatives from Stiles and Mercy Health star alongside show hosts Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing in an episode set to air Friday at 10PM EST on the Animal Planet network.


MIA Releases Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is proud to announce the release of a new Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook. The 173 page handbook takes a comprehensive look at OSHA’s relationship with the stone industry and describes how businesses can remain in OSHA compliance.


Integra Adhesives launches Stone Swatch Deck Match Guide

for high quality, pre-colored cartridge based adhesives that offer a perfect color match when laminating, mitering and seaming quartz, natural stone and solid surface, Integra Adhesives is now launching a unique companion tool for color matching Natural Stone.


New Jig System Streamlines Production of Professional-Quality Cabinet Face Frames and Doors

One-of-a-Kind System Allows Clamping, Drilling & Fastening in One Simple Setup: The new Professional Face Frame Jig System from General Tools & Instruments (General®) enables woodworkers and cabinet makers to create a production setup in just minutes for the fast and precise fabrication and assembly of cabinet face frames and doors. Wood frame and door components can be aligned, securely clamped, bored for pocket holes and screwed together in one operation. This patented, one-of-a-kind system saves time and increases productivity by eliminating the need for separate drilling and assembly operations and delivering repeatable, professional results.


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How to Market Green Cabinets
John D. Wagner
10/31/2014 4:00:00 PM

Cabinets have a number of parts, pieces, and construction materials that you choose, and any time you make a choice, you have a chance to market...

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Using Wire Tie Anchorage
Marble Institute of America
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

Q : I’ve been asked to review a shop drawing submission for interior stone cladding. The shop drawings call for wire tie anchors, of which I am ...

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Not Your Grandma’s Laminate
Holly Berecz
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

When it comes to revisiting vintage trends, there are definitely those statement-makers we hope we’ll never see again. Think leisure suits and a...

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Two Granite Corner Repairs
Joseph Corlett
11/24/2014 9:28:15 AM

I took a different approach with each of these cantilevered corners. The first repair was done more traditionally with epoxy and straightedges, ...

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Adding Value
John Howell
10/24/2014 4:00:00 PM

I just returned from vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’d visited there many times in my youth and had always found the area en...

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